In the state of Missouri there are 114 counties and 1 independent city (St. Louis seceded from St Louis County years ago I’m told). We are also told that 3rd class counties do NOT have mandatory Building Codes or Building Code Inspections UNLESS the county elects to do so.
In short in many of the 3rd class counties, you may (or may not) be required to get a BUILDING PERMIT to allow you to erect a HOG SLAUGHTERING Plant or 10 story hi-rise on your 2 acres in Washington County BUT there would be no code enforcement or inspections, etc.
I’m told that Missouri has about 93 of these 3rd class counties. That means that depending on how many 3rd class counties have elected to have mandatory codes AND code inspections that up to 81% of Missouri could be WITHOUT this protection BUT we need MANDATORY licensure of private home inspectors to ensure the publics protection per our Realtors.
As we all know there is NO STATE WIDE licensure of electricians, plumbers, roofers, foundation contractors, HVAC contractors, etc, etc.
So ARE the Missouri REALTORS really trying to protect the home buyers OR simply shifting liability from the Realtors themselves, sellers and UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS and TRADESMEN that do shoddy work, lie or fail to disclose known defects or problems.
Has ANYBODY seen the Realtors trying to introduce licensure for tradesmen OR push for mandatory building codes or code inspections.
IS THAT FREAKING AMAZING OR WHAT ???
Dan Bowers, CMI, ACI, CRI